Motorcycle Show and Shine supports Greater Trail charities

This Saturday's Show and Shine is geared to help out two local charities - Rotoplast and Greater Trail Hospice Society.

Revamping your bike is only one aspect of the first Waneta (Trail) Rotary Motorcycle Show and Shine.

The event is being geared to flesh out two local charities—Rotaplast and the Greater Trail Hospice Society—with a ride, bike show and breakfast.

There will be awards for each bike class, the best metric cruiser, Harley, vintage and more. The charity ride takes place on Saturday at the Waneta Plaza between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had the event here,” said Robert Hawton, an event organizer from the local Rotary club.

“We’re certainly hoping for a good turn out of contestants, as well the public coming to see the bikes on display.”

The event begins with a pancake breakfast at Waneta Plaza and is followed by the Show and Shine between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Registration for this portion of the Show and Shine takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the morning of the event. Anybody can participate in this part of the event for a $10 entry fee, and invitations have been sent to motorcycle clubs in the region.

“As a club, we felt that we felt that Rotaplast was a fairly worthwhile charity to support,” explained Hawton. “As well as the Greater Trail Hospice Society. Word has gone out to the different motorcycle clubs and it sounds like it’s of interest.”

All of the proceeds raised during the Show and Shine will be contributed to Rotaplast and the Greater Trail Hospice Societybreanne.

The Greater Trail Hospice Society is focused on modern palliative care and end-of-life care. Contributions from this event will help them by contributing to some local initiatives, like supporting the programs for people at the end of their lives and public education.

“Because we’ve become a non-profit society this past year, we’re really dependent on the community so that we can support the community,” said Brenda Hooper, a representative of the Greater Trail Hospice Society. “You know it goes both ways and we’re always appreciative of help from this kinds of events.”

Alternatively, other financial contributions earned from the Show and Shine will support the local chapter of Rotaplast Canada, a non-profit humanitarian organization. The non-profit is known for providing free reconstructive plastic surgery, dental treatments and speech therapy to children born with cleft lip and palate anomalies in developing countries.

“I think they have a mission coming up this fall,” said Hawton. “And if you look at the pictures and see what some of those kids are dealing with, it’s pretty say. It’s got to be a tough way to live.”

Sheila Hart, one of the women who spearheaded the local campaign for Rotaplast said she is “absolutely thrilled that this club is stepping up to the plate and trying to raise some funds” to help them.

“I really wish them well with this adventure,” said Hart. “The clubs in our district have to raise $50,000 to sponsor half of this mission so we’re in high fundraising gear, but we feel confident that we’ll be able to achieve that goal.”

The local chapter of Rotaplast is planning to work in India between August and September. The other half of the cost is being covered by a private organization. The Rotaplast group plans to do 100 clef palette surgeries and burn reconstruction cases.

“It’s horrible when you think that here in Canada (cleft palette surgeries) would’ve been taken care of when they were about six months old, but some of the kids live their entire live with these kinds of problems,” Hart said. “

Show your support for the group by attending the Show and Shine.

The afternoon ride will also cost $10 and riders can register between 9:30 and 1 p.m. Alternatively, you can register for the Shine and Ride for $15.

For more information about the Show and Shine, call 250-368-7237.